CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2001 |
Two Southern California Toyota dealerships agreed Thursday to pay a total of $2 million to settle a civil suit accusing them of false advertising and unfair sales practices. The civil charges were brought against South Bay Toyota of Gardena, South Coast Toyota of Costa Mesa and the former president of the two dealerships, Shigeyasu "Steve" Hiraiwa, by the California attorney general's office and the district attorneys of Los Angeles and Orange counties.
May 26, 2004 |
If an auto repair shop says it charges $70 an hour for labor, and the job takes one hour, how much is the labor bill? David Verdiner thought the answer should be $70 when he had his car fixed at a Pep Boys -- Manny, Moe & Jack Inc. garage in Los Angeles two years ago. The store had signs stating that its hourly labor rate was $70. But instead, Verdiner claims, he was billed $112 for the labor, even though the job took only 40 minutes. Verdiner paid his bill.
August 25, 2009 |
Fast-money lender CashCall Inc.-- known for TV ads featuring faded child star Gary Coleman talking about his financial problems -- agreed Monday to pay $1 million to settle state prosecutors' allegations that the company ran deceptive ads and used "loan shark tactics" to collect debt from customers. CashCall specializes in making loans in as little as one day with only a signature needed to get cash. But the Anaheim company charges most customers extremely high interest rates while advertising that its rates are low, according to a civil complaint filed by the California attorney general's office.
March 18, 1989 |
One of Southern California's largest auto dealerships conspired to defraud consumers, first with false advertising delivered by late-night pitchman Ralph Williams and then with sales representatives trained in deceit, a state investigator contends in court documents filed Friday. The documents, examined by Orange County Superior Court Judge John J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- California retailers may be liable for large money awards if they falsely advertise that their products are on sale. A federal appeals court Tuesday revived a potential class-action lawsuit against Kohl's Department Stores for allegedly misstating in advertising that items had been marked down. The U.S. 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals said California consumer laws permit such lawsuits if the customer would not have made the purchase but for the perceived bargain.
August 1, 1989 |
A federal judge has awarded $10.4 million in damages to Alpo Petfoods Inc. after ruling that Ralston Purina Co. made false advertising claims touting the benefits of Purina Puppy Chow. U.S. District Judge Stanley Sporkin ruled against Ralston's marketing campaign, begun in 1985, in which the firm contended that its Puppy Chow products helped promote proper hip joint development. Ralston will appeal the judgment, the company said Monday in a statement from its St. Louis headquarters.